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Science, the Endless Frontier at 75

An influential policy document called Science, the Endless Frontier has provided the blueprint for public investment in scientific research in the United States for the past 75 years. Essays in the Winter 2020 Issues in Science and Technology—the first in a year-long series of articles on the anniversary of Science, the Endless Frontier—reassess the legacy of this policy document and argue that the time has come to put science policy on a firmer footing in order to confront the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Editor's Journal

  • Necessary but not Sufficient?

    As any even casual student of American science and technology policy well knows, Science, the Endless Frontier is the 1945 policy document that articulates the dominant rational for the US government’s investment… Read More



Book Reviews

  • Fate of Food cover with a red apple on it

    A Taste of the Future

    “The main way that most people will experience climate change is through its impact on food—what they eat, how it’s grown, the price they pay for it, and the availability and choice… Read More
  • Policing the Open Road Cover: Police officer on his radio standing outside his car

    License and Registration, Please

    In 2015, Texas state trooper Brian Encinia ordered 28-year-old Sandra Bland out of her vehicle after pulling her over for failure to signal a lane change. He then forcefully restrained her and… Read More
  • Ethics, Politics and Whistleblowing in Engineering Book Cover

    Creating Ethical Engineers

    This remarkable book ought to be taught early in the education of every engineer. And lest potential readers be put off that the book’s title includes the newly ubiquitous term “whistleblowing,” this insightful work is really about “putting values to work in the profession of engineering.”

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  • Book cover of Falter

    Catastrophic Myopia

    There’s a lot of climate change catastrophe in bookstores these days. Falter, by Bill McKibben. Losing Earth, by Nathaniel Rich. The Uninhabitable Earth, by David Wallace-Wells. Three makes a… Read More
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